Heaven is a Place on Earth
︎ Opening a conversation on moving traditions forward
How do traditions affect the way we move forward? In a world where sustainability is necessary, how does it affect our relationship to our culture? I began looking a funeral rituals as a method to understand the life and death of materials. Heaven is a Place on Earth is a project that looks into the Taoist ritual of joss paper burning and the different meanings behind the practices. The Gravesweeper’s Handbook is an accompanying zine that discusses the larger questions: How do we see heaven? Is it a place where we still have needs such as money and material goods? Would our ancestors want to see us burn paper for their benefit, while ignoring the environmental damage it causes for our children?
Includes a wooden altar one can interact with, a risograph zine discussing the rituals, and screenprinted joss paper